American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In or to a higher position: looking up.
- adv. In a direction opposite to the center of the earth or a comparable gravitational center: up from the lunar surface.
- adv. In or to an upright position: sat up in bed.
- adv. Above a surface: coming up for air.
- adv. So as to detach or unearth: pulling up weeds.
- adv. Above the horizon: as the sun came up.
- adv. Into view or existence: draw up a will.
- adv. Into consideration: take up a new topic.
- adv. In or toward a position conventionally regarded as higher, as on a scale, chart, or map: temperatures heading up; up in Canada.
- adv. To or at a higher price: stocks that are going up.
- adv. So as to advance, increase, or improve: Our spirits went up.
- adv. With or to a greater intensity, pitch, or volume: turn the sound up.
- adv. Into a state of excitement or turbulence: stir up; rouse up.
- adv. Completely; entirely: drank it up in a gulp; fastened up the coat.
- adv. Used as an intensifier of the action of a verb: typed up a list.
- adv. So as to approach; near: came up and kissed me.
- adv. To a stop: pulled up in front of the station.
- adv. Each; apiece: The score was tied at 11 up.
- adv. Apart; into pieces: tore it up.
- adv. Nautical To windward.
- adj. Being above a former position or level; higher: My grades are up. The pressure is up.
- adj. Out of bed: was up by seven.
- adj. Standing; erect.
- adj. Facing upward: two cards up, one down; the up side of a tossed coin.
- adj. Raised; lifted: a switch in the up position.
- adj. Moving or directed upward: an up elevator.
- adj. Marked by increased excitement or agitation; aroused: Our fighting spirit was up.
- adj. Informal Cheerful; optimistic; upbeat.
- adj. Slang Happily excited; euphoric: After receiving the award, the performer was really up.
- adj. Informal Taking place; going on: wondered what was up back home.
- adj. Being considered; under study: a contract that is up for renewal.
- adj. Running as a candidate.
- adj. On trial; charged: The defendant is up for manslaughter.
- adj. Having been finished; over: Your time is up.
- adj. Informal Prepared; ready: had to be up for the game.
- adj. Informal Well informed; abreast: not up on sports.
- adj. Functioning or capable of functioning normally; operational: Their computers are now up.
- adj. Sports Being ahead of one's opponent: up two strokes in golf.
- adj. Baseball At bat.
- adj. As a bet; at stake.
- adj. Nautical Bound; headed: a freighter up for Panama.
- prep. From a lower to or toward a higher point on: up the hill.
- prep. Toward or at a point farther along: two miles up the road.
- prep. In a direction toward the source of: up the Mississippi.
- prep. Nautical Against: up the wind.
- n. An upward slope; a rise.
- n. An upward movement or trend.
- n. Slang A feeling of excitement or euphoria.
- v. To increase: upped their fees; upping our output.
- v. To raise to a higher level, especially to promote to a higher position.
- v. Nautical To raise: up anchor; up sail.
- v. To get up; rise.
- v. Informal To act suddenly or unexpectedly: "She upped and perjured her immortal soul” ( Margery Allingham).
- idiom. up-and-up Informal Open and honest.
- idiom. up against Confronted with; facing: up against a strong opponent.
- idiom. up to Occupied with, especially devising or scheming: a prowler up to no good.
- idiom. up to Able to do or deal with: didn't feel up to a long drive.
- idiom. up to Dependent on: The success of this project is up to us.
- idiom. up to To the point of; as far as: I'm up to chapter 15 in my book.
- idiom. up to As long as: allowed up to two hours to finish the test.
- idiom. up to As many as: seed that yields up to 300 bushels per acre.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In printing, finished; noting completion of a task: as, the chapter is up; the paper is up.
- n. An abbreviation of United Presbyterian Church.
- Of position or direction: In, toward, or to a more elevated position; higher, whether vertically, or in or by gradual ascent; aloft: as, to climb up to the top of a ladder; up in a tree.
- Specifically— In or to an erect position or posture; upright: as, to sit or stand up; to set chessmen up on the board; a stand-up collar; in a specific use, on one's feet: as, the member from A—was up—that is, was addressing the House.
- Above the horizon: as, the moon will be up by ten o'clock.
- At or to a source, head, center, or point of importance: as, to follow a stream up to its source; to run the eye up toward the top of a page; to go up to London from Cornwall; often, in the direction of the north pole: as, up north: sometimes noting mere approach to or arrival at any point, and in colloquial or provincial use often redundant.
- At, toward, or to a higher point or degree in an ascending scale, as of rank, quantity, or value: in many idiomatic and colloquial phrases. Noting specifically— Rank, superiority, or importance: as, from a pauper up to a prince; to be up at the head of one's class; to feel set up by success.
- At, of, or to a height specified; of a particular measurement upward; as high as: usually with to or at.
- At or to a point of equal advance, extent, or scope; abreast (of); so as not to fall short (of) or behind; not below, behind, or inferior (to): as, to catch up in a race; to keep up with the times; to live up to one's income.
- Hence In a condition to understand, encounter, utilize, or do something; well equipped with experience, skill, or ability; equal (to): as, to be well up in mathematics; to be up to the needs of an emergency.
- In or into activity, motion, operation, etc.
- Specifically— Out of bed; risen from sleep.
- In or into prominence or consideration; into or to the light: as, a missing article turns up; a question comes up for discussion; to bring up a new topic of conversation.
- Onward to or from a specified time: as, an account up to date.
- To complete existence, maturity, or age: as, to spring or grow up; to bring up a child properly.
- In or into a place of storage, retirement, concealment, etc., as for safe-keeping or as not being used or required at the time; aside; by: as, to put up one's work for an hour or two; to put up medicine in a bottle.
- In or into a state of union, contraction, closeness of parts, etc.; together; close: as, to fold up a letter; to shrivel up; to draw up cloth upon a gathering-thread; to shut up an umbrella; to add up a column of figures.
- To the required, desired, or uttermost point; to completion or fulfilment; wholly; thoroughly; quite: as, to pay up one's debts; to burn up the fuel; to build up one's constitution; to use up one's patience.
- To or at an end; over: specifically, in Great Britain, noting adjournment or dissolution: as, Parliament is up.
- See the verbs.
- See the verbs.
- Here and there; to and fro; back and forth; one way and another.
- In every particular; completely; wholly; exactly; just.
- Downright; bluntly; without mincing matters; “without gloves”: as, to handle a matter up and down; to talk up and down: sometimes used adjectively: as, to be up and down with a person.
- On the point of doing; about to do; planning; engaged in.
- Upward or aloft in or on; to, toward, near, or at the top of: as, to climb up a tree.
- To, toward, or at the source, head, center, or important part of: as, to walk up town; often, toward the interior of (a region): as, the explorers went up country.
- Upon or on (in many senses).
- Inclining or tending up; going up; upward: as, an up grade; an up train; an up beat in music; an up bow in violin-playing.
- n. Used in the phrase ups and downs, rises and falls; alternate states of prosperity and the contrary; vicissitudes.
- adv. Away from the centre of the Earth or other planet; in opposite direction to the downward pull of gravity.
- adv. intensifier Thoroughly, completely.
- adv. North.
- adv. Higher in pitch.
- adv. Larger, greater:
- adv. rail transport Traditional term for the direction leading to the principal terminus, towards milepost zero.
- adv. sailing Against the wind or current.
- adv. In a positive vertical direction.
- adv. cricket Relatively close to the batsman.
- adv. Without the use of additional ice.
- adv. UK, academia Towards Cambridge or Oxford.
- prep. Toward the top of.
- prep. Toward the center, source, or main point of reference; toward the end at which something is attached.
- prep. Further along (in any direction).
- prep. Into or out of one's possession or consideration.
- prep. From south to north of
- adj. Awake.
- adj. Finished, to an end
- adj. In a good mood.
- adj. Willing; ready.
- adj. Next in a sequence.
- adj. Happening; new.
- adj. Facing upwards; facing toward the top.
- adj. Standing.
- adj. On a higher level.
- adj. Available; made public.
- adj. Of a person, informed about; abreast of; current.
- adj. computing Functional; working.
- adj. of a railway line or train Traveling towards a major terminus.
- adj. Headed, or designated for going, upward, as an escalator, stairway, elevator etc.
- adj. bartending Served chilled and strained into a stemmed glass.
- adj. slang Erect.
- adj. Above the horizon, in the sky (i.e. during daytime or night-time)
- adj. slang well-known; renowned
- n. uncountable The direction opposed to the pull of gravity.
- n. countable A positive thing.
- v. transitive, colloquial To increase or raise.
- v. transitive, colloquial To promote.
- v. intransitive To act suddenly, usually with another verb.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. Aloft; on high; in a direction contrary to that of gravity; toward or in a higher place or position; above; -- the opposite of
- adv. From a lower to a higher position, literally or figuratively; as, from a recumbent or sitting position; from the mouth, toward the source, of a river; from a dependent or inferior condition; from concealment; from younger age; from a quiet state, or the like; -- used with verbs of motion expressed or implied.
- adv. In a higher place or position, literally or figuratively; in the state of having arisen; in an upright, or nearly upright, position; standing; mounted on a horse; in a condition of elevation, prominence, advance, proficiency, excitement, insurrection, or the like; -- used with verbs of rest, situation, condition, and the like.
- adv. To or in a position of equal advance or equality; not short of, back of, less advanced than, away from, or the like; -- usually followed by
- adv. To or in a state of completion; completely; wholly; quite.
- adv. Aside, so as not to be in use.
- prep. From a lower to a higher place on, upon, or along; at a higher situation upon; at the top of.
- prep. From the coast towards the interior of, as a country; from the mouth towards the source of, as a stream.
- prep. obsolete Upon.
- n. colloq. The state of being up or above; a state of elevation, prosperity, or the like; -- rarely occurring except in the phrase
ups and downs.
- adj. Inclining up; tending or going up; upward.
- adv. to a higher intensity
- adj. used up
- adj. (usually followed by `on' or `for') in readiness
- adv. to a more central or a more northerly place
- v. raise.
- adj. getting higher or more vigorous
- adv. to a later time
- adv. spatially or metaphorically from a lower to a higher position
- adv. nearer to the speaker
- adj. open.
- adj. extending or moving toward a higher place
- adj. being or moving higher in position or greater in some value; being above a former position or level
- adj. out of bed
- adj. (used of computers) operating properly
- From Old English upp, from Proto-Germanic *up-. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English up, upward and uppe, on high, both from Old English ūp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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